Tendulkar, Gambhir and Kohli – ready to face the English challenge

India was beaten badly 4-0 by England in 2011in the home series but their batsmen including Tendulkar, Gambhir and Kohli are anxious to pay back the visitors.

The lethal fast bowlers of England were almost unplayable by the solid batting line up of India at the bouncy wickets. The visitors were bowled out eight times in four Tests that resulted in humiliating defeats.

The English speedsters will not find the same tracks in India, the home side will prepare wickets which suits their own bowling and the spinners will be the key factor in the series.

Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir - Mountains of runs expected from the duo
Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir – Mountains of runs expected from the duo

The little master, Sachin Tendulkar, is the back bone of Indian batting, Gautam Gambhir has emerged into a fine opener with his sheer hard work and Virat Kohli is the rising star of the cricket world. All three batsmen are in a different mood, they are anticipating a sweet revenge from the visiting England team and are ready to punch the rival bowlers.

Below, we will take into account Test careers of Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and the sparkling Virat Kohli along with their achievements against England.

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born on April 24, 1973, in Bombay, Maharashtra, a right hand top order batsman and right-arm leg /off break bowler. He is one of the fantastic batsman ever produced by India and is ruling the world for more than two decades. He is the highest run getter in Test as well as in the One Day International cricket and has blasted 100 international hundreds.

The 39-year-old is a composition of records himself and once he walks in the park to bat, he  ends up in creating of another record. The words are not enough to describe his batting skills and all the bowlers of the world are horrified when he is facing them.

The master blaster made his Test debut against Pakistan on November 15, 1989, at National Stadium, Karachi and scored 15 runs in the only innings he played in the drawn match.

Sachin Tendulkar has played 190 Tests, piled up 15533 runs at an awesome average of 55.08, the best of unbeaten 248 with 51 centuries and 65 fifties.

Vs. England

Tendulkar has taken part in 28 Tests and 47 innings against England, smashed 2423 runs averaging 56.34, the best of 193 with 7 hundreds and 12 half centuries.

Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir was born on October 14, 1981, in Delhi, a left hand batsman and an occasional leg break bowler. He is among the best openers in all formats of the game, has the ability to defend and offence according to the situation.

The 31-year-old is hungry for runs all the times he walks in the centre and is known as a wall of the Indian batting.

Gambhir played his first Test vs. Australia on November 3, 2004, at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. It was not a nice beginning for him as he managed 3 and 1 run in two innings as the visitors clinched the match by 13 runs.

Gautam Gambhir appeared in 50 Tests, thrashed 3770 runs at an average of 44.35, the best of 206 with 9 hundreds and 19 fifties.

Vs. England

Gambhir has played five Tests and 10 innings against England, scored 463 runs averaging 46.30, the best of 179 with a couple of half centuries.

Virat Kohli - Crunchy knocks expected during his maiden Test appearance vs. England
Virat Kohli – Crunchy knocks expected during his maiden Test appearance vs. England

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli was born on November 5, 1988, in Delhi, a right hand middle order aggressive batsman and right arm medium fast bowler. He is one of the best finds of the current age batting who has all the required cricketing shots in his armoury. The 24-year-old is a sensational cricketer and has proved his worth by his brave and authentic batting display in very short time.

Virat Kohli made his Test debut against West Indies on June 20, 2011, at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica and scored 4 and 15 runs as India won the match by 63 runs.

Kohli has played 10 Tests, scored 703 runs at a cracking average of 49.78 runs with 2 hundreds and 5 fifties.

Vs. England

It will be a maiden series for the youngster against England as has played Test cricket only against Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies.

MS Dhoni and company including, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Ajinkya Rahane are determined to make an impact on England at home soil by clinching the four Test series in a commanding manner. The performance from the batting trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli will be a deciding factor in the four Test series.


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